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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Code Adam Alert

Have you read the E-mail about Sam's Club, as well as other businesses, using the Code Adam alert for missing children in the store? My SIL sent it to me today and it prompted a memory of mine:

I first read this E-mail about 5 years ago...and then a week later I saw it in effect with Dexter! I knew John would think I was an idiot, so I never told him about this E-mail until...after.

We were at Wal-Mart. I had Dex in a cart and John had Parker. We let the kids out of the carts to look at toys. In a matter of minutes, Dex was gone! I was starting to freak out and John was totally calm. The Code Adam E-mail starting coming to mind. We walked up and down every single aisle (this is before the Super Wal-Marts...thank goodness!) We both were at the front and talking to some workers. I described Dexter to them and told him that we cannot find him. They looked at each other and said, "Should we call a Code Adam?" I gasped and burst into tears.

A little boy in a near by check out line was listening to what was going on and said, "Is that your little boy over there?" (pointing towards the door) We all looked over and there was Dexter, sitting calmly on Ronald McDonald's lap, waving to all the people, trying to be a Wal-Mart Greeter.

By the way, Albertson's also has a "Code Adam" and it is "Code Yellow" at Target. How do I know this? Because Dexter. Thankfully, every time, Dexter was found and usually he was looking at Toys...(so we started checking there first). Dexter is now 10 years old (almost 11) and a still loves Toys...especially Legos.

I can't find a picture of Dexter on Ronald, but here's one so you remember what I'm talking about. I'm sure if they have them any more.


mamaholstein said...

I know that feeling of stress. Chris took off at Hogle Zoo one time. It was one of those "I just turned around for a second" moments. It literally was only a few seconds and he had vanished. We all split up and started looking for him. I headed straight to the gift shop to find security and when I walked through the door a security guard had him in his arms. I'm sure he knew I was his mother because I felt a rush of relief and I'm sure it showed on my face. I walked over and the security guard asked Chris "Is this your Mom?" and he said "No". Little shit!! I think he was only about 3 at the time. I could have beat him but I was too happy to have found him. The guard gave him to me. :)

Angie & Willy said...

Okay I have to ask... is that just a random Ronald McDonald pose pic or is that actually someone you know? LOL. Dex cracks me up... wanting to be a Wally world greeter! hehehe.

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Jennie Stephens said...

OH Jackson has done that to me FOUR TIMES! In harmons, and they called a Code Adam. And they eventually found him in the back room hiding in a corner scared to death. He did it in target and actually ended up going out side of the store and walked around the parking lot looking for me. Once in Wal mart, and the other was at the Zoo.... seriously if I didnt love that kid ooooooh hahaaha

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